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NEWS: Nov. 9, 2011


Ballot Measures | The Nation
Ohio Voters Demolish Union Curbs
A year after Gov. John Kasich and legislative Republicans were swept into office, Ohio voters overwhelmingly delivered them a stinging rebuke Tuesday, striking down an extensive curtailing of public-union power that GOP leaders had hoped to make a centerpiece accomplishment of 2011.
>> Columbus Dispatch
Washington State Voters OK Liquor Privatization
Washington State's Prohibition-era monopoly on liquor sales will end next June. A Costco-bankrolled ballot measure to privatize the business sailed to victory with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
>> Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Detroit Voters Approve New City Charter
Detroit voters overwhelmingly approved a new city charter, choosing to elect council members by district instead of at large and establish rigorous ethics rules to help reverse a culture of corruption.
>> Detroit News
Missouri City Abolishes Itself
Residents of St. George, Mo., voted by a wide margin to dissolve the city of about 1,300 and be absorbed by St. Louis County.
>> St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce
Sen. Pearce
State Races | The Nation
Arizona Senate President
Ousted in Recall Vote

Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, the architect of some of the nation's toughest state laws against illegal immigration, was ousted by voters in an unprecedented legislative recall election, losing to political newcomer Jerry Lewis.
>> Arizona Daily Star
Kentucky Governor Re-Elected in a Landslide
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear won a landslide re-election victory over Senate President David Williams, sweeping Democrats in four other races for statewide offices in with him.
>> Louisville Courier-Journal
Lieutenant Governor Wins Mississippi Governor's Race
In the Mississippi governor's race, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant defeated Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, solidifying the GOP's hold on the governor's mansion for at least four more years.
>> Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Mayoral winners: Greg Ballard, Greg Stanton, Annise D. Parker, Ed Lee and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Mayoral winners: Ballard, Stanton, Parker, Lee and Rawlings-Blake

Local Races | The Nation
Re-Elected Indianapolis Mayor Faces Split Council
Greg Ballard, Indianapolis' Republican mayor, defeated Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by 4 percentage points, but Ballard will face a decisive majority of Democrats on the city-county council.
>> Indianapolis Star
Former Council Member Wins Phoenix Mayoral Race
In Phoenix' contentious mayoral election, former city council member Greg Stanton held a comfortable lead over Wes Gullett, a former aide to the city's term-limited incumbent mayor, Phil Gordon.
>> Arizona Republic
Houston Mayor Narrowly Avoids Runoff
Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker won a second term, narrowly avoiding a runoff despite having no well-funded or well-known opponents and spending $2.3 million on her campaign.
>> Houston Chronicle
San Francisco Mayor Leads 16-Candidate Field
Appointed San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, seeking a four-year term of his own, held a comfortable lead among 16 candidates in the city's first competitive mayor's race using ranked-choice voting.
>> San Francisco Chronicle
Baltimore Mayor Wins a Term of Her Own
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who ascended to the office in February 2010 after Sheila Dixon's resignation amid a corruption scandal, easily won her bid for a full four-year term.
>> Baltimore Sun
Democrat Elected Suffolk County Executive
In Long Island's Suffolk County, Democrat Steve Bellone, a town supervisor, was elected county executive, defeating Republican county Treasurer Angie M. Carpenter.
>> New York Times


Fallen soldier
Military Personnel | Dover, Del.
Investigators: Mortuary
Mishandled Troops' Remains

Three senior officials at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base have been disciplined for "gross mismanagement" of its mortuary for war dead after investigators found evidence of missing body parts, fetal remains stored in cardboard boxes and a dead Marine's arm sawed to fit his body into his uniform.
>> Wilmington News Journal

Technology | The Nation
Senators Target Counterfeit Defense Technology
Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain will sponsor legislation to increase the Pentagon's oversight of technology hardware and require contractors to pay for replacing counterfeit parts discovered after installation. Levin said counterfeit technology is costing the government millions of dollars and endangering lives.
>> Federal News Radio
Next Fix for Federal Jobs Site: Résumé Uploads
After addressing capacity and help-desk issues plaguing the Oct. 11 relaunch of, the Office of Personnel Management now is turning its attention to problems with the site's résumé uploading.
>> Government Executive
FCC Program to Offer $150 Computers, $10 Broadband
The Federal Communications Commission and cable and computer firms will announce a program to provide low-income homes with $10 monthly broadband Internet service and $150 computers.
>> Washington Post
HUD's Chief Technology Officer Moving to GSA
Mark Day, the Department of Housing and Urban Developmen's chief technology officer, will become director of strategic solutions as the General Services Administration's Integrated Technology Service.
>> Federal Computer Week
Cornell Professor to Be NASA's Chief Technologist
Cornell University professor Mason Peck has been tapped to serve as NASA's chief technologist, following last month's exit of Bobby Braun, the first person to hold the position in a decade.
>> Nextgov

California Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Brown
Public Pensions | California
Analyst: Governor's Pension Plan
Is Bold but Has Legality Issues

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to create a hybrid public-pension system and raise the retirement age is "a bold starting point for legislative deliberations" but legally dicey, and key pieces of it have not been fully developed, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.
>> Los Angeles Times

Ethics | Maryland
State Senator Acquitted of Taking Bribes
A federal jury acquitted state Sen. Ulysses Currie of all charges in a corruption case in which prosecutors accused the Prince George's County Democrat of taking more than $245,000 in bribes from two grocery-chain executives.
>> Washington Post
Former Pennsylvania Lawmaker Convicted
Republican former Pennsylvania state Rep. Brett Feese and his onetime administrative assistant were convicted of participating in a conspiracy to spend public dollars on sophisticated computer programs that were used on political campaigns.
>> Philadelphia Inquirer

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Gary Mayor-elect Karen Freeman-Wilson
It's an honor to make history, any way you make it.
Karen Freeman-Wilson, a former Indiana attorney general who was overwhelmingly elected Tuesday as Gary's first female mayor in her third campaign for the job and now faces the challenge of resurrecting a city ravaged by crime, corruption and economic decline
>> Gary Post-Tribune

Leadership | Tim Phillips
Seven Buzzwords that Need to Die
Some words are fun or informative. These words are not: "issue," "passion," "unique," "iconic," "role," "transparency" and "empowerment." If you find that these catchwords frequently litter your conversations or presentations, it's probably time to consult a thesaurus.
>> Fast Company

Decline in violent crime in the 14 Texas counties that share a border with Mexico and two dozen border cities between 2006 and 2010, according to an Austin American-Statesman analysis of crime data that followed a report by two retired generals who painted a picture of escalating violence and concluded that the Texas side of the border had become a "war zone"
>> Austin American-Statesman

Global Dialogue Center
Webinar: "Innovating with Meaning: Rediscovering the Soul of Authentic Leadership"
Today, 1 p.m. ET

Webinar: "Top 20 Federal Contract Opportunities"
Today, 2 p.m. ET

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Annual Meeting
Nov. 13-16, St. Louis

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance
Nov. 13-18, Cambridge, Mass.

National Contract Management Association
Annual Government Contract Management Conference
Nov. 14-15, Bethesda, Md.

Federal Executive Breakfast
Nov. 16, 7-9:30 a.m., McLean, Va.

American Society for Public Administration
Webinar: "Building Community Resilience Through Emergency Management Initiatives"
Nov. 16, 1 p.m. ET

American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "A New Lease on Loans: Ideas for Multifamily Housing Reform"
Nov. 16, 2-3:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Webcast: "Understanding How to Use Earned Value Management to Add Value in Your Organization"
Nov. 17, 1 p.m. ET

Government Executive magazine
Excellence in Government Conference
Nov. 17, Washington, D.C.

National Association of Attorneys General
Winter Meeting
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, San Antonio

American Legislative Exchange Council
States & Nation Policy Summit
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Phoenix

National Conference of State Legislatures
Fall Forum
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Tampa, Fla.

National Association of State Treasurers
Issues Conference on Public Funds Management
Dec. 4-6, New York City

Public CIO magazine
Technology Summit
Dec. 5-6, Atlanta

Deltek and Lohfield Consulting Group
Capture Management Training Seminar
Dec. 6, Herndon, Va.

Governing magazine
Summit on Healthy Living
Dec. 6, Atlanta

1105 Government Information Group
Cybersecurity Conference & Exposition
Dec. 8-9, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Conference of Mayors
Winter Meeting
Jan. 18-20, Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, Association of Government Accountants and Association of Local Government Auditors
Webcast: "Workplace Ethics: Understanding Your Responsibilities"
Jan. 18, 2 p.m. ET

National Contract Management Association
Mid-Year Leadership Conference
Jan. 20-21, Las Vegas

National Association of Secretaries of State
Winter Conference
Jan. 28-31, Washington, D.C.

Governing magazine
Outlook in the States and Localities Conference
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Washington, D.c.

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